Who are you? And what is the purpose of your existence in this world? In the world of information, greater things can be discovered by those who are willing to explore the significance of life. But there has not been any information, greater than discovering oneself, which positions one to control, rather than being controlled. Jesus attributed the discovery of oneself to possessing faith.
“O unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed from that moment (Matthew 17:17-18 NIV).
Jesus’ lamentation implies that failure to heal the child was a result of the inability to appreciate the inherent power of His disciples. Addressing them as of perverse generation suggests that their inherent stupendous intellectual capabilities had been eroded. The disciples posed a question, as to why they had failed to perform what appeared as not complicated to Jesus.
…. “Because you have so little faith, I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20 NIV).
The words of Jesus can never be doubted by those who truly believe in Him. Failure to link with Jesus’ abilities does not remove the truthfulness of Jesus’ statement. Whether one believes it or not, one is inherent with unlimited powers. The inability to achieve anything stems from the question of identity.
Understanding is a byproduct of faith. Conversely, faith is a byproduct of understanding. The greatest enemy of humanity is pretending to know what one doesn’t know. This includes what goes in our educational system. One is awarded a doctorate, after having quoted other people’s theses; but without him having fully understood the subject in question.
However, it is impossible for one to have faith in something that one does not fully understand. We have to exhaust the significance of being created in God’s image. What does that mean? It is impossible for any person existing in physical form to imagine being in God’s image.
Except for Jesus, having come directly from Heaven, there is no other human who can claim to have seen God. But, if created in God’s image, what other image would one look for, except in oneself? Humans are physical and yet God, in whose image humans were created, is not physical. This is what complicates matters, leading to misunderstanding.